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Australian study launched into kids killed by bad boyfriends

Australian study into children more likely to die a violent death

And we’re back to the cricket. I apologise for my absence, work’s been crazy and some other issues have been in the way. Trench has sent me some new tips, so there’ll be a few posts up shortly.

An Australian study has been launched into children who are most likely to die a violent death at the hands of their mother’s latest fling. I don’t know what sort of recommendations the study can make, but it’s certainly a debatable point about why bad boyfriends often injure or kill offspring that don’t belong to them.

The study looks into two cases where the dick-of-the-week has killed a child. The first case is baby Jordan Anderson-Smith,

What a nasty looking fuck

What a nasty looking fuck

who was 7 months old when his birth vessel’s latest fling Christopher Hoerler beat him to death for crying. The dick and the birth vessel, Louise Anderson, were drinking and smoking pot at a house in Wagga Wagga, NSW on 25 February 2000. The invading dick, (whom the birth vessel had been seeing for a remarkable period of 2 months) beat baby Jordan, causing a lacerated liver, bruised pancreas, multiple broken ribs, and facial injuries. He had been punched so hard that his bottom teeth had cut through his lip and palate. Wow, Hoerler must’ve been such a tough “man” to uppercut a baby! Hoerler had also tortured the baby by crushing his toes with a metal clamp, which would have caused Jordan to scream in agony, disturbing Hoerler and prompting him to beat Jordan to death to make him be quiet. Hoerler pleaded guilty to manslaughter (because beating a baby to death is so accidental) and was originally sentenced to 11 years in prison. Then the court woke up to itself and sentenced him to 14 years.

Rest in Peace, baby Jordan Anderson-Smith

Rest in Peace, baby Jordan Anderson-Smith

The second case is a case that we here at BB are all too familiar with. The case of little Bailey Constable, who was beaten to death by a filthy junkie, Nathan Forrest, that his birth vessel was fucking. You can read more about Bailey Constable here.

Forensic psychologist Lillian de Bortoli, who is conducting the ground-breaking study, a number of risk factors contributed to the murders of Jordan, Bailey and countless other innocent children who have been killed or injured by bad boyfriends. The risk factors are:

  • Children living with a single mother – a risk of Mum taking up with a bad boyfriend.
  • Low household income – financial stress, non-working mum and boyfriend are around the kids all day, creating more opportunity for abuse.
  • Male children – little boys can be seen to be more loud and assertive than little girls. The bad boyfriend may see the little boy as “competition” for Mum’s attention.
  • Children under 4 years of age – they spend more time at home (more opportunity for abuse to occur), and this is the age where things such as teething, temper tantrums, toilet accidents etc. may frustrate the bad boyfriend and elicit violence.

Now this doesn’t mean that ALL children living with a single parent or with low income will be killed or exposed to violence. De Bortoli has found, that out of all of the cases of child deaths caused by abuse, that 41% were killed by the mother, 31% killed by the father, and 21% killed by a bad boyfriend. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that 4% of the number of family units in Australia are made up of a biological parent and a step parent, yet male partners are responsible for the death of one in five children.

Reasons given for the murder of children by parents and bad boyfriends can be split into 5 main reasons:

  • Altruistic – when the child is sick or in pain, and the parent/bad boyfriend wants to relieve the child’s suffering. 
  • Acute psychosis – where the parent/de facto is severely mentally ill and no other reason can be found for the child’s murder.
  • Spousal revenge – where one parent kills a child to get back at the other parent.
  • Abusive or accidental – where prolonged abuse eventually leads to the child’s death.
  • The most common one – the child is unwanted by the bad boyfriend because they aren’t his, or is seen as a hindrance to partying ways.

I think deep down, the bad boyfriends haven’t evolved much from chimpanzees and lions, who will kill another male’s offspring in order to eliminate competing DNA and to bring the female back into heat. It’s sad to say, that in the case of Soren Chilson, that it may have worked, since Soren’s egg donor decided to get engaged to the offending piece of shit instead of being repulsed by his very existence.

It’s certainly food for thought.

 

Starting them on the path to a productive life while they’re young…

Man Apparently Uses Toddler To Steal Package Off Seattle Couple’s Doorstep (VIDEO)

Surveillance video shows man using toddler to steal for him

As you can see in the surveillance footage, a bad dad encourages his toddler daughter to steal a package from a North Seattle doorstep. The homeowner realised the package went missing after he tracked it online, but when he watched the CCTV footage, he saw the bad dad park the stroller outside the house and send the little girl up to the doorstep. When she returned with the package, he put it in the stroller and they continued on their merry way.

The homeowner, while amused at first, was later deeply disturbed by the bad dad using his little daughter as an accomplice and worried for the little girl’s wellbeing. It’s very possible that she has no idea that what she’s doing is wrong. And why would she? She’s a young and innocent little child who relies on her parent to teach her the difference between right and wrong, and she probably thinks that this is a game. Unfortunately the bad dad seems to be teaching her that wrong is right and vice versa. What other wrong things could he be teaching her to do?

Who wants to know what was in the package that the little girl took? $15 worth of dog vitamins!! Knowing the history of other bad dads on BB, this one might just feed them to her under the guise of “lollies”.

A few years ago, a kid my Mum taught was involved in a burglary scheme set up by his bad dad. The first warning sign was that the kid was missing a lot of school because bad dad didn’t have a job and would use the little boy to break into people’s houses while they were at work. Bad dad went to jail, but the damage done to the little boy’s education was significant. I don’t know what became of him, but I hope he caught up and found some good influences in his life, and didn’t go down the same path as bad dad.

Aussie Sabbath has a Bad Parent Sighting: Last night as I was working my second job, a little boy no older than 8 years old strolled up to the bar and wanted something to eat or drink. I don’t know what he wanted, because as soon as he turned up, I sent him away because he was underage (I’m not going to risk a $5000 fine for serving a minor). He came back and tried to talk to another bartender. She sent him away too. Eventually he came back with Dad and then Dad got him some soft drink. Firstly, the rules are quite clear: if you are under 18 years of age, you cannot be in the bar area without a guardian. Secondly, who sends their 8 year old kid all by themselves, in a crowded venue anywhere? Surely Dad could’ve peeled himself away from the game for 5 mins to ensure that his young son didn’t get kidnapped, molested, lost or mugged. Or that he didn’t fall over and hurt himself. The sheer laziness of some people!! I was ready to call security to remove the little boy if he came back again by himself. Didn’t want to do it, but it would’ve taught the lazy bastard of a Dad a lesson. Little boy’s Mum would’ve torn him a new one.

Back to the parcel stealing toddler: When I saw that the toddler was able to walk perfectly fine, I thought of this blog (the fat kid in the stroller is really sad and borders on abuse). Sure the toddler can walk all by herself and doesn’t need the stroller, like the kids in that tumblr feed, but then bad dad would have nothing to put the stolen packages in.

Children abducted from Grandma’s house in Tampa, FL

Amber Alert issued for two children kidnapped in Tampa by parents, considered armed and dangerous

This Amber Alert has also been extended to Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama

Cole Hakken (4) and his little brother Chase Hakken (2) have been kidnapped by their breeders Joshua Michael Hakken (35) and Sharyn Hakken (34). Mr Hakken broke into the boys’ maternal grandma’s house at 6.30am, tied up Grandma and took the boys. Mrs Hakken was waiting outside. The boys’ grandfather had already left for work at the time of the abduction.

The couple fled in a 2009 silver Toyota Camry, which was later found abandoned. The state of Louisiana had taken away the breeders’ rights and placed the boys with their grandparents after a “series of incidents”, one of them including neglect. The breeders were also charged with drug possession in the presence of their children. After losing custody, Mr Hakken tried to take the boys from a foster care facility. He was beating on the door and waving a gun. When he couldn’t get inside, he fled.

There is a warrant out for Mr Hakken’s arrest. His crimes are kidnapping, 2 counts of interfering with child custody, 2 counts of child neglect, 2 counts false imprisonment, 1 count burglary with battery and 1 count Grand Theft Auto. Mrs Hakken has not been charged with any crime as of yet.

The couple are now believed to be traveling in a black 2006 GMC Sierra, registered to Mr Hakken., rego number U95KT. It was believed that they were towing a camping trailer, but the trailer has since been located in Florida.

Chase Hakken is 3′, 33lbs, brown hair and brown eyes, Caucasian. He was wearing pyjamas at the time of the abduction.

Cole Hakken is 3’9″, 44lbs, brown hair and brown eyes, Caucasian. He was also wearing pyjamas.

Joshua Hakken is Caucasian, 5’9″. He had a reddish beard at the time of the abduction. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Sharyn Hakken is Caucasian, 5’4″ with brown hair and hazel eyes.

The couple is considered armed and dangerous. DO NOT APPROACH THEM. Call 911 if you see them or the vehicle (2006 black GMC Sierra, plate number U95KT)

These fuckwits sound like conspiracy theorists and may be mentally unstable. Coupled with that and the fact that they’re armed makes me worry. Hopefully the boys turn up safe and sound.

Since these pathetic losers like to Google their own names to see what’s being said about them, it’s only a matter of time before they show their sorry arses up on here and try to defend their actions. “The gubbermint took our children” “They control your minds through vaccinations” etc. We’ll be here waiting for them.

Suspicious death of toddler in Queensland

Family in dark over death of Kyhesha-Lee Joughin, 3, at Petrie

A toddler has been found dead in her home at Petrie, QLD and no one knows how she got like that.

Killara Place

Matthew Williamson

Little Kyhesha-Lee Joughin (3) was found lifeless in her bedroom over the Easter long weekend. Her father, Matthew Williamson, attempted CPR to no avail. Police searched their Petrie flat, dusting for fingerprints on the windowsill, fossicking for clues as to who was in their home and how the little girl died.

Dad is naturally devastated. He had sole custody of Kyhesha-Lee and had her name tattooed on his left arm. Her first words were “Dad”, according to her uncle Jarrod Williamson. So, a loving devoted Dad who would never in a million years harm his baby girl. But some bits of the story don’t quite add up…

Uncle told the Australian that his brother fell asleep on the lounge, but someone was looking after Kyhesha-Lee. “Someone”, huh? Not Nan or Uncle or Aunty? Just “someone”? Secondly, the family didn’t know who else was in the flat that night. Um, say what? How can you not know who else is in your home? Especially when you have a young child? This sounds like (and I could be wrong here) that Dad was having a party and had invited a few mates around. Nothing wrong with that. Except when you have a small child that needs to be looked after. Alcohol does not even begin to enter the equation until your child is secured with a sober babysitter, preferably away from the party venue. So, back to my theory. Dad has had enough tinnies of beer or Woodstock or whatever and crashes on the lounge, assuming that one of his mates will look after his daughter. This is where it can get hairy, because an autopsy hasn’t been performed yet to determine cause of death. One of Dad’s mates (maybe) got sick of Kyhesha crying or whatever and hit her. Kyhesha (maybe) wasn’t supervised and climbed onto something and fell, or stuck something in a power point or ate something poisonous. Or she died of natural causes (late SIDS, undetected heart defect etc.) Those are just theories based on the facts. Maybe they’re all wrong, but we won’t know until an autopsy is done.

Last night, Petrie detectives travelled to Grafton, northern NSW, to question a man who was present that night and may have been able to help with the investigation. He wasn’t able to help, but he was charged with unrelated traffic offences including driving an unregistered and uninsured* car, and driving while disqualified. Not a murderer, but also not someone you would want around your child either. No extradition orders have been placed on this fellow.

Meanwhile the investigation is continuing. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, and police spent the long weekend sweeping the flat for clues and questioning neighbours. If it comes out that Kyhesha did indeed die from natural causes, I am more than happy to pull the post. But for now, it’s looking very suspicious. Dad definitely didn’t kill her, but his lack of supervision and/or choice of mates may have contributed to her death. More details soon.

Kyhesha-Lee Joughin

Rest in Peace little Kyhesha-Lee Joughin. I wish you could tell us what happened to you.

 

We get letters: The cycle CAN be broken

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Just about every time when I wonder if what we’re doing here at BB is doing any good I receive an e-mail like this…

I stumbled upon this site quite by accident. thank you for these articles. As a young girl, I was horribly abused by my adoptive parents. I am fortunate to be here today, and my heart aches for all the children written about here. I am a mom of two grown sons. Once, when my oldest was a toddler, I…hit him. He was crying…and I was inebriated. Does that excuse my behavior? Not by a LOOONG shot. Did I ever do it again? NO WAY. The cycle of abuse CAN be broken. When he was 3, he let me know that a male friend had “hurt his wee-wee and bottom.” What I did next was call the police, and took another (trusted) male to the Sicko’s house and threatened his penis as well as his life. I guess I just want to say that we can all learn to be better parents, and we can learn how to protect our babies when they can’t do it themselves. Thank you. I will keep reading!

As an adoptee myself I’m sorry to hear that you’re adoptive parents were abusive. While my dad wasn’t exactly father of the year and can only imagine what my situation would have been like had I not been adopted. But I digress.

Thank you for this e-mail and letting us know that we are actually making somewhat of a difference.

“Cot death” baby found to have alcohol in system

Cot death: Father denies giving baby alcohol

Dead baby found with alcohol in blood

Baby inquest: expert dismisses father’s theory

An inquest has been held for a little baby boy who died in 2008, which found that the baby had a BAC of 0.03. The legal BAC limit for fully licensed drivers in Australia is 0.05, and can easily be reached by two standard drinks.

Little baby Shorn died in November 2008 after his father found him not breathing in his cot at the family’s home in Parmelia, southern Perth WA. After he was rushed to hospital, Shorn was given up to a dozen doses of adrenaline, and doctors found a faint pulse. However, baby Shorn suffered a cardiac arrest and had to be transferred to Perth where he died two days later. He was 46 days old. His mother was in hospital because she had problems with her Caesarean scar. I hope that she wasn’t in the same hospital as her baby. Imagine being in hospital and hearing that your baby died when your partner was supposed to be caring for him?

Doctors initially believed that Shorn had died from SIDS or cot death. An adult sized pillow was placed into Shorn’s cot and his father found him face-down in the pillow. There were no external signs of trauma and the pathologist couldn’t pinpoint an exact cause for Shorn’s death. However, when Shorn was admitted to hospital, a blood test was conducted and the doctors found the alcohol in his system. Now how did that get in there?

Shorn’s father initially told police that he hadn’t been drinking at the time of the incident, but later admitted that he had two cans of bourbon and coke before turning in for the night and that he only ever fed Shorn baby formula. He suggested that the alcohol may have transferred to Shorn when he was doing CPR and mouth to mouth on him. He also suggested that Shorn’s bottles may have been sterilised with alcohol and that’s how it got into him. The inquest heard that alcohol wasn’t used to sterilise the bottles and that there wasn’t any alcohol in the formula. The deputy coroner noted that if the mixed formula was left standing for a few days, it could produce some alcohol. She noted that this had happened with a bottle of formula that Shorn’s father had made and left on the coffee table when he found his son. The formula had been sitting there for three days and produced an alcohol reading of 0.019%. It was not likely that it was involved with the alcohol in the baby’s system. The coroner also noted that when she was young, alcohol was commonly used to soothe babies and that Shorn had a history of being hard to settle.

The toxicologist said that the reading would have been much higher when Shorn was found that morning. Dad had last fed him around 10pm the night before and put him to bed. He discounted the theory of the sterilisation and the CPR, and stated that a teaspoon of spirits such as bourbon, whiskey or gin could have caused the baby’s reading to be so high. The expert could not confidently say that the alcohol caused the baby’s death or that he had a lethal amount in his system. The level measured at the hospital wasn’t lethal, but anything over 0.01 was concerning. He said that alcohol had a sedative effect on babies, and that it affects their breathing, posture control and gag reflex.

The inquest is continuing, with the father yet to give evidence. The coroner has urged him to tell the truth, even if he did give the baby alcohol.

Rest in peace, little Shorn.

Aussie army private accused of dating ex’s 17 year old daughter

Mum devastated as ex dates daughter, 17

The Australian Army are investigating a soldier accused of dating his ex-partner’s teenage daughter. Hollie Burns’ mother (the ex-partner) made a complaint to the Australian Defence Force about her 17 year old daughter’s relationship with 45 year old Private Scott Murphy. The ADF investigated Murphy’s relationship with the girl, along with his nudist lifestyle. A senior army officer said that “the behviour was unbecoming of the 9 army values and for conservative members of the Military this would not be supported”. “The ADF does not support this kind of behaviour and you should question your relationship and living conditions with Hollie” he added. The ADF, however, are not taking disciplinary action because Murphy told them they weren’t having sex. Um, do you think that he may be lying?? Unfortunately, there’s no way to prove it, unless the girl falls pregnant to the creep. Or if they find evidence of sexual activity such as condoms.

The mother said her ex was triple her daughter’s age and had children who were older than Hollie. So why doesn’t Hollie just date this guy’s kids instead of her mother’s sloppy seconds? When A Current Affair rocked up, Murphy denied that he was dating her, but his lies were uncovered when Facebook messages popped up of him referring to Hollie as his girlfriend *yuck*. He also covered his head and ran away like a chickenshit little bitch when confronted by reporters. A member of the nudist colony that Murphy attends also said that they presented as a couple and that it was quite off-putting. So he knows it’s wrong to take advantage of a young girl, hence the lies and the running away.

This is clearly a case of a bad boyfriend taking advantage of his (ex) girlfriend’s child. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d started showing an interest in her while he was dating her mum. Or that he only dated her mum to get to her daughter. Either way, this is incredibly poor form and illegal if it turns out that they are having sex (couldn’t imagine that they’re not). The age of consent in Australia is 16, but only if the older person is no more than 2 years older than the younger. Otherwise it’s 18. Considering that this girl is 17 and this guy is 45, this is a predator preying on a young and vulnerable victim.

Nasty bitch ties up, beats and starves her 4 year old

Police: 4-Year-Old Girl Starved, Beaten, Tied to Bed

Laketha Moore, 36

Yeah I beat my child, whatcha gonna do about it?

This smirking slut up there is Laketha Moore (36) of North Las Vegas is nasty and foul. She regularly tied up and starved her 4 year old daughter, as well as beating her with a belt.

The abuse was discovered during a routine maintenance check on the birth vessel’s flat, at Loma Vista Apartments. A maintenance worker found a belt connecting the bedroom and bathroom doors. This was obviously not part of the design of the apartment, so the worker decided to investigate further. When they opened the bedroom door, they discovered the 4 year old girl tied to a bed, surrounded by filth. She was starving.

According to police reports, the birth vessel had been leaving her daughter tied to a bed in her bedroom, 10 to 12 hours a day, 5 to 7 days a week. She’d also been beaten with a belt until she fell unconscious. The little girl complained that she was hungry because “Mommy ties me up all the time”. How heartbreaking 🙁 Apart from starvation, her injuries included a black eye, cuts on her nose, a bruised ribcage, back, ankles and matted hair. The birth vessel placed a bin next to the bed so that the little girl could go to the toilet. Hang on, isn’t she tied up? How would she be able to use the bucket if she were tied up?

The birth vessel’s excuses for this abhorrent treatment was that the little girl often ransacked their apartment, and that the little girl wouldn’t eat any food. I’m pretty sure that for a kid to eat food, you actually have to GIVE them some! Not surprisingly, the fridge was full of a wide variety of foods, so the birth vessel wasn’t starving. As for ransacking the apartment, that’s what kids do. You can punish them and tell them not to, but somehow there’s always toys everywhere. If you don’t want to clean up every two seconds, don’t have kids. Works for me!

The bitchy birth vessel has been charged with 31 counts of child abuse, each count standing for each day she left her child tied up and home alone. Counsellors say that the little girl will have difficulty erasing the memories of the abuse inflicted on her by her birthing unit. The little girl has been placed in child protective custody until she can be placed with a relative or a foster family. Please, let her relatives abhor this whore’s actions and step up to the plate.

Cheers to Steve for the tip!

To readers in the Las Vegas area, there is a march being held on April 22 – Million March Against Child Abuse. More information and Facebook page here. https://www.facebook.com/MMACAlasvegasnv

 

 

 

 

Child abuse and rickets – excuses or false accusations?

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Child abuse-accused blame rickets for injuries

Rickets (I know this is a Wikipedia article, but this isn’t uni!)

Following in our fearless leader Trench’s footsteps, I’ve decided to post about something other than a news story about child abuse. I also noticed a discussion about rickets being mistaken for child abuse on another thread, and I thought this may be good fodder for a discussion on how rickets may either be attributed to child abuse or could be mistaken for child abuse. Also if the presence of rickets could indicate neglect through malnutrition. This is our own special thread to have a lively yet civil discussion.

Firstly, what the hell is rickets?

According to Wikipedia, rickets is a softening of the bones in children due to deficiency or impaired metabolism of Vitamin D, phosphorus or calcium, which can lead to fractures and deformities. The predominant cause of rickets is a lack of vitamin D, but calcium or phosphorus deficiency can also cause it, especially if the child suffers from severe diarrhoea or vomiting which would  lead to a loss of nutrients. The majority of rickets cases occur in children who are suffering from severe malnutrition from starvation or famine in early childhood.

Bow legs in a 2 year old

Symptoms of rickets include

  • Bone pain or tenderness.
  • dental problems
  • muscle weakness. Babies with muscle weakness (not just from rickets but other causes such as Down syndrome) are floppy.
  • increased tendency to fractures, particularly greenstick fractures where the bone bends but not breaks.
  • Growth disturbance.
  • Knock-knees or bow legs.

There has been a rise in the reporting of rickets cases in Britain, the US, Australia and NZ. Increased awareness of sun safety and skin cancer, particularly in Australia and NZ has led to decreased sun exposure. Decreased outdoor play and activity has also led to deficiencies in vitamin D in children, because they’re not getting out into the sun. It only takes 10 mins of exposure to bright sunlight to get your daily dose of vitamin D.

Q: What does rickets have to do with child abuse?

Because rickets can cause fractures in babies and toddlers, sometimes with little to no force, it can be mistaken for child abuse. Conversely, rickets can also be an excuse used by abusers to explain away fractures in babies who are immobile and couldn’t possibly have caused the fractures to themselves.

Widening of wrists due to rickets

A recent case being tried in New Zealand involves a Dunedin couple fighting for the custody of their 14 week old daughter after doctors found that the baby girl had a fractured skull, limbs and six broken ribs. When the case went to Family Court, doctors were at odds over whether the baby’s injuries were caused by abuse or whether she had rickets or another bone disorder that could have caused the breaks. The judge said that he could find no evidence that the parents were abusive but rejected the idea that rickets could have caused such horrible injuries and could only conclude that it was one of her parents that broke her bones.The court ruled for the baby to be placed in the care of her aunt for her protection. There will be an appeal hearing later this year in Dunedin.

The parents in the NZ case were allowed to use the testimony from an expert witness, a medical expert who testified in a landmark British case of a boy whose death was indirectly caused by rickets. In April 2012, two British parents were cleared of killing their 4-month-old son, Jayden Wray, who had inherited rickets from his mother, who had an undiagnosed vitamin D deficiency. The little boy died from a head injury in 2009. A London court ruled that Jayden’s death was an indirect result of having rickets and granted his parents custody of his little sister, who had been in care since she was born.

In the Dunedin case, a local paediatrician testified during the hearing. He insisted that the girl’s injuries could not be explained  by vitamin D deficiency even though he admitted that the baby had a mild to moderate case of rickets, proven by radiology images of her bones. Eight doctors who gave evidence at the Family Court debated whether the injuries were caused by a vitamin D deficiency or abuse. The judge said that the case was very complex and incredibly difficult. On the one hand, the parents were intelligent, responsible and caring people, and that there was no evidence of abuse, but that the conclusion was that the injuries were non-accidental and were probably caused by one of her parents.

But even if she did have rickets, given that rickets can be caused by malnutrition and/or starvation, would that not point to neglect at the least? Because she wasn’t getting enough vitamin D and/or calcium and/or phosphorus to maintain bone growth and maintenance, would this not point to an inadequate diet? Rickets can be inherited from the mother, as I’ve mentioned earlier with baby Jayden, but wouldn’t this be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the case?

This is what I want you to discuss from this post.

Can rickets be a symptom of neglect (if not caused by genetics)?

Do you think many abusers use the excuse of rickets? Or that people are wrongly accused of abuse because their child has rickets?

Has anyone got a bone disorder, or has a child with one that can give us some first-hand input?

 

3…2…1…GO!

Child with autism kept naked in a filthy cage

Couple charged for keeping autistic son in cage

Couple accused of keeping six-year-old autistic son naked in a makeshift CAGE on soiled sheets ‘and feeding him hot dogs through the bars’

Terry Smith

Terry Smith

 

Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith

Terry Smith (43) and his wife Victoria Smith (42) from Elsberry, Missouri have been charged with endangering the life of a child after it was found that they kept their 6 year old autistic son in a filthy cage in the basement.

Authorities began investigating the Smiths after an anonymous tip-off was made to the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline in 2010, when the boy was 6 years old. Authorities removed the boy and his 6 siblings from the couple, who were living in O’Fallon at the time, but were returned on a later date. The couple were then released because of “personal recognisance”. What the fuck is “personal recognisance”? Is that like if you say “Oh, I’m not a criminal, so let me go” and they just do it?

Now to the cage incident. When the police rocked up to the Elsberry home after a call from Grandma, they found the boy naked, in a small crib made of wood, lying in his own filth. He wasn’t wearing any clothes. Officers described the smell of piss as almost unbearable and that they could smell it when they came down the stairs. The crib’s dimensions measured at 3 ft (0.9m) tall, 3 ft (0.9m) wide and 6 ft (1.8m) long. Although the crib was small and filthy, it contained some toys and its occupant seemed contented. The crib had a plywood top and was held together with nice sharp cable ties and eye-gouging ockey straps.

Inhumane: Police say a Missouri couple kept their autistic six-year-old child in this converted metal crib covered with plywood and held together with zip ties and bungee cords

This looks safe and stable…not!

Grandma was watching the other kids at the time of the raid, while the parents were out shopping. The other kids range from 11 months to 8 years old. Police stated that the rest of the house was filthy too, not just the cage. The doorknobs on the other kids’ bedroom doors had been installed backwards, so that the parents could get in but the kids couldn’t get out. The mother would lock the kids in their rooms if they got rowdy.

The parents told police that they had to build a cage because it was the only way to stop the kid from hurting himself or other people, and that the reason why the kid was nekkid was because they were afraid he’d accidentally hang himself if he wore clothing. They also said they tried their best to keep the cage clean. Here’s a hint: if the whole fucking basement reeks of piss, that’s not clean! I clean out my sister’s rat cage out when I can smell even the slightest hint of ratty odour, I can’t imagine letting anything get as bad as reeking of piss. The boy was originally put in the cage at night, but this extended to daytime use as well, when he became more difficult to control. A social worker pleaded with the family to put the boy in a group home, where he could get all the meds and help he needed. Mr Smith told officials that he knew the situation wasn’t ideal, but his goal was to try and keep the family together for as long as possible. I feel for you, Mr Smith. It wouldn’t be easy to give a child up, no matter how difficult they were. But there comes a time when your kid’s needs outweigh what you want. The cage may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but it wasn’t a magical solution and it came with its own set of problems such as hygiene and safety.

The parents have been charged with felony endangering the welfare of a child and bail has been set at $2500 for each of them.  If they’re convicted, the parents may be facing up to 7 years in prison. The boy was taken into protective custody but will be released back to his parents, who will hopefully put him in the group home that he needs.

I found this story kinda sad. I just couldn’t feel angry about the parents. Perhaps I’m getting soft, but from what I can gather, the parents were having a hard time dealing with their severely autistic son, as well as six other children who needed love and attention too. I can see why they thought a cage was a magical solution. The article did say that the boy seemed contented in there, and my limited knowledge of kids with autism tells me that they easily become overwhelmed by too much space (ie. playgrounds or even a loungeroom) so confinement might have been soothing to him. The father was trying to keep it all together, but he could see that the problems were just too big and that he was too proud to accept help. I just find that really sad 🙁 No one was killed, and hopefully the little boy will get the help he needs, and that his family will be willing to let him go to that help.

Justification: Terry Smith told police the situation with his son was not ideal, but his goal was to keep the family together for as long as possible before sending the boy to a group home

 

 

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